1 Funeral Plan Product Disclosure Statement Rewarding experience This product and product disclosure statement are issued by Suncorp Life & Superannuation Limited ABN AFSL under the brand, Apia.
2 Important Information This is the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) for Apia Funeral Plan. Apia Funeral Plan and this PDS are issued by Suncorp Life & Superannuation Limited ABN AFSL (Suncorp). Australian Pensioners Insurance Agency Pty Limited ABN (Apia) does not provide any financial product advice in relation to Apia Funeral Plan, and does not issue, guarantee or underwrite Apia Funeral Plan. Apia and Suncorp are related bodies corporate of Suncorp- Metway Limited ABN (Suncorp-Metway). Various products and services are provided by different entities in the Suncorp Group. The different entities of the Suncorp Group are not responsible for, do not guarantee and are not liable in respect of products and services provided by other entities in the Suncorp Group. Suncorp-Metway does not guarantee and is not liable for Apia Funeral Plan. This product is not a bank deposit or other bank liability. Apia Funeral Plan is not a savings plan. For full terms and conditions, please refer to the policy issued by Suncorp. You can request a copy from us free of charge. We may change any information in this PDS. If the change is a material or significant one, we will generally notify you within 3 months of the change occurring. We may also make improvements to your policy without any increase to your premium. If we make a change to your policy which in your opinion was adverse to you, we will, if you make a claim, assess your claim on the terms of the policy before the change took place. All the information contained in this PDS is current at the time of issue. We may change or update information from time to time. If the change is not materially adverse, we may notify you about the change by preparing an update on com.au/funeralplan. You can also obtain a printed copy of this free of charge by contacting us (please refer to the back page for details). Before you buy this insurance, please read this PDS carefully. Any information contained in this PDS has been prepared by Suncorp without taking into account your particular objectives, financial situation or needs. For that reason, before acting on the information, you should consider the appropriateness of the information in regards to your own circumstances.
3 Contents About Apia Funeral Plan 2 Who can apply? 3 Your cooling off period 4 Details of cover 4 When does cover start? 7 When will cover stop? 7 Taxation 8 Your premium 8 Risks 13 How can I apply? 13 How to make changes to your policy 13 Making a claim 13 Commission 14 Complaints resolution 14 Your privacy is important 14 Glossary 15 For details on How to contact us, please refer to the back page. When reading this PDS, please refer to the Glossary on pages which shows the meaning of various terms used throughout.
4 About Apia Funeral Plan Apia Funeral Plan is designed to provide an easy-to-obtain financial safety net for you and your loved ones. It pays a lump sum benefit to cover the costs of a funeral and other associated expenses incurred by your loved ones should you die. Here are some great reasons to choose Apia Funeral Plan. For full details, please refer to pages Convenience You can apply for up to $30,000 cover without any medical tests. Your application can be completed in minutes online, over the phone or by completing the paper application form. Fortnightly, monthly or annual premiums are available to suit your budget. Peace of Mind You can choose to increase your amount of cover each year to keep up with inflation or freeze your premium at a level you can afford. If you experience a period of financial difficulty, you don t have to cancel your cover the Premium Pause Benefit allows you to cease paying premiums for up to 3 months while still retaining cover for death by accident. Savings We reward your loyalty: receive a 10% refund of all premiums you have paid every 3 years. If you apply for $20,000 or more of cover, you ll be eligible for a Large Sum Insured Discount. A Family Discount is available if multiple family members each purchase a Funeral Plan policy. Once you reach age 85, your premiums will reduce to only $5.00 per month 2
5 Who can apply? Up to two people can apply for an Apia Funeral Plan policy. Both applicants must be aged between 18 and 75 (inclusive), be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia and have received this PDS in Australia. If the persons to be insured meet these criteria and the completed application (including correct payment details) has been accepted by us, you will be covered for the benefits outlined below 24 hours a day, 365 days a year anywhere in the world. We guarantee to renew your policy every year until your 120th birthday, unless your cover stops earlier (please refer to When will cover stop? on page 7). 3
6 Your cooling off period You have 30 days from the policy commencement date to check that this insurance meets your needs. This is the cooling off period. If you wish, you can cancel your policy during the cooling off period by contacting us. Provided you have not made a claim, you will receive a refund in full of any money you have paid. Details of cover If there is only one insured person listed on the schedule, you are the sole owner of the policy. If there are two insured persons listed on the schedule, both insured persons will be joint policy owners. If your policy is jointly owned, any benefit payable on your death under your policy will be paid to the surviving policy owner. If you are the last surviving policy owner, any benefit payable on your death will be paid to your nominated beneficiary or to the legal personal representative of your Estate. If your policy is a single life policy, any benefit payable on your death will be paid to your nominated beneficiary (if applicable), otherwise to the legal personal representative of your Estate. Depending on the level of cover you think you need, you can apply for as little as $5,000 or as much as $30,000 for each insured person, in increments of $5,000. If you are applying for a policy with another insured person, the sum insured for each insured person does not need to be the same. This means each insured person can apply for a different sum insured, depending on their own circumstances. The most we will pay under your Apia Funeral Plan policy is the sum insured. The maximum amount we will pay across all Funeral Plan policies issued by us for the same insured person is $30,000 (plus indexation). Benefits under this policy (please refer to pages 5-6) stop on your 120th birthday, unless cover stops earlier (please refer to When will cover stop? on page 7). 4
7 Each insured person listed on the schedule is entitled to the following benefits under your policy: Funeral Benefit If you die during the first 12 months after your policy commencement date as a result of an accident that occurs after cover commences, we will pay your sum insured as a lump sum payment. If your death occurs after 12 months from your policy commencement date, we will pay your sum insured as a lump sum if you die as a result of any cause. If you die during the first 12 months after your policy commencement date as a result of: an accident that occurred prior to the policy commencement date; a sickness; or an intentional self-inflicted act and no benefit is payable, we will refund all premiums paid under your policy. Premium Pause Benefit If you are unable to pay your premiums, for example due to financial hardship, you can contact us and request your premium be paused for up to 3 months over the life of the policy. To activate your Premium Pause Benefit, you must have paid premiums for the previous 12 consecutive months and your policy must have no outstanding premium payable at the time of your request. During the period your premiums are paused, your Apia Funeral Plan policy will only cover you in the event you die as a result of an accident. After the premium pause has ended and you have started paying your premiums, your Funeral Benefit will again become payable in the event of your death as a result of any cause. 5
8 10% Cash Back Benefit If you have continuously held your policy for 3 years, we will refund 10% of the premiums you have paid during the previous 3 years. If you continue to hold the policy, we will do this every 3 years this means on the 3rd, 6th, 9th etc anniversary after your policy commencement date you can receive 10% of the premiums back that you have paid in the previous 3 years! For example, if you have paid us $1,000 in premiums in the first 3 years since your policy commencement date, we will refund $100. If you pay $1,500 in the next 3 years, we will refund $150 after the 6th anniversary of your policy commencement date. It is as simple as that! Managing your cover To ensure your policy continues to meet your changing circumstances, we offer you the following ways to help you maintain your cover. Automatic Indexation Benefit To help keep your insurance in line with inflation, we will automatically increase your sum insured each year on your policy anniversary by the indexation factor to a maximum of 10%. Unless you decline the increase, we will recalculate your premium to reflect the increase in your sum insured as a result of the indexation factor (and your age) and we will advise you of your new premium prior to your policy anniversary. Premium Freeze Benefit You can ask us not to increase the cost of your premium, in which case your future premiums will remain the same as the amount you froze them at, resulting in your sum insured decreasing as you get older. We will advise you of your reduced sum insured prior to each policy anniversary. You can ask us to end the premium freeze at any time by contacting us. 6
9 Nominate a beneficiary The distribution of your Estate on your death can take time and could be delayed depending on the circumstances. To help avoid any potential delay in the payment of your Funeral Benefit, if you have a single life policy you can nominate a beneficiary (for example your spouse or child) to receive the proceeds of your policy. If you have made a valid nomination and that nominee cannot be located or they died before you, the benefit otherwise payable to them will be payable to the legal personal representative of your Estate. If a nominated beneficiary is a minor, the payment will be made to the minor s legal guardian, a trust for the benefit of the minor or to any person we are authorised to pay under the relevant law. If you change your mind you can alter your nomination at any stage, however a nomination is not effective until it is confirmed in writing by us. When does cover start? As long as each person to be insured satisfies the eligibility requirements (please refer to Who can apply? on page 3) and we have accepted your application and received correct payment details, cover under your Apia Funeral Plan policy will commence immediately. If we accept your application for cover under Apia Funeral Plan, we will send you a schedule and policy document confirming our acceptance. These documents, together, set out the full terms and conditions of your insurance with us. Please read these documents carefully and store them in a safe place. When will cover stop? Once the insured person reaches their 120th birthday, your cover will stop. Cover will also stop under this policy on the earlier of the date the Funeral Benefit is paid or the insured person dies. If there is more than one insured person listed on the schedule and cover stops for one of them because they have reached their 120th birthday or they have had a Funeral Benefit paid, the premium will be adjusted to cover the remaining insured person only. 7
10 Cover will also stop for all insured persons under the policy on the earlier of the following events: you asking us to cancel the policy (please note if there is more than one policy owner, each must make the request); and the date your policy is cancelled due to non-payment of outstanding premiums. If cover stops we will not consider any claim, unless the event giving rise to the claim occurred before cover stopped.. Taxation Usually premiums are not tax deductible and any benefit payments are not assessable for tax purposes. These comments are a guide only and do not take into account changes in taxation laws or your particular circumstances. Please ask your tax adviser or the Australian Taxation Office about your own circumstances. Your premium Your premium pays for your cover, government fees and charges and administration costs. You can choose to pay your premium fortnightly, monthly or annually from the bank account or credit card you nominate and you have up to 14 days (or 30 days if you pay monthly) from the date each premium is due to pay your premium. If you do not pay a premium within this period, we will send a notice to you at the address last advised to us specifying the date we will cancel the policy without any refund of premium. We will not be liable for any claims after the date of cancellation. If we cancel your policy due to non-payment of premiums, you can ask us to reinstate your policy up to 3 months after the date of cancellation. In order for us to process your Application for Reinstatement, all outstanding premiums must be paid by you. Your premium is guaranteed not to change for 12 months from your policy commencement date. After this period, your premium will generally increase with age and increase as a result of the Automatic Indexation Benefit (explained on page 6). We can also change the premium rate for all policies of the same kind by providing you with at least 30 days written notice. You will be charged the new premium from your next policy anniversary. 8
11 Premiums received are paid into our No. 1 statutory fund. A policy issued in relation to Apia Funeral Plan does not participate in any surplus arising in our statutory funds. Are you eligible for a discount? There are two types of discounts available under the Apia Funeral Plan: the Large Sum Insured and Family Discounts. You may be eligible for one or both of them. Large Sum Insured Discount With the Large Sum Insured Discount, the higher the sum insured you choose, the better value Apia Funeral Plan becomes. If your sum insured is $20,000 or more, a 10% discount will apply. Family Discount With the Family Discount, should an immediate family member also purchase an Apia Funeral Plan policy (including as joint owners), both you and your immediate family member will enjoy a 20% discount. The discount will apply to the premium payable (please refer to How to calculate your premium on page 10). For example, if you and your spouse each purchase a policy with a sum insured of $20,000, you will both be eligible for a Large Sum Insured Discount (10%) and a Family Discount (20%) totalling a 30% reduction to your premium. 9
12 How to calculate your premium When you apply, your premium is based on the applicable premium rate for your current age and gender, multiplied by your sum insured. Premiums payable during the subsequent years will be based on your age at the time of your policy anniversary, your age at the time of policy commencement and gender, multiplied by your sum insured. Please use the following table to determine your monthly premium or for a personalised quote, please contact us on or go to Discounts may apply. To calculate the premium using the tables on the next pages, please use your age at the time of application. If you are eligible for a Family Discount, this will reduce your premium by up to 20% (the Large Sum Insured Discount has already been calculated in the following premiums). Please Note: To calculate your fortnightly premium, simply multiply the applicable monthly premium by 12 and then divide by 26 To calculate your annual premium, simply multiply the applicable monthly premium by 12 If you are applying for a joint life policy, simply add the applicable monthly premiums together The tables on pages contain premiums which apply during the first 12 months after your policy commencement date. These tables do not contain renewal premiums. For example, if the chosen level of cover is $20,000 and the insured person is a female aged 48, the monthly premium will be $34.16 or the fortnightly premium will be $34.16 x 12/26 totalling $15.77 per fortnight. 10
13 Your Age $5,000 $10,000 $15,000 Male Female Male Female Male Female $12.08 $8.52 $24.16 $17.04 $36.25 $ $12.51 $8.81 $25.02 $17.62 $37.54 $ $12.91 $9.10 $25.82 $18.19 $38.73 $ $13.27 $9.30 $26.53 $18.60 $39.80 $ $13.63 $9.49 $27.25 $18.98 $40.88 $ $13.92 $9.65 $27.85 $19.29 $41.77 $ $14.38 $10.18 $28.77 $20.37 $43.15 $ $14.85 $10.79 $29.69 $21.58 $44.54 $ $15.34 $11.40 $30.68 $22.80 $46.01 $ $15.89 $12.07 $31.77 $24.14 $47.65 $ $16.42 $12.79 $32.85 $25.58 $49.27 $ $17.46 $13.57 $34.91 $27.14 $52.37 $ $18.64 $14.37 $37.28 $28.75 $55.92 $ $19.92 $15.28 $39.83 $30.57 $59.75 $ $21.34 $16.20 $42.69 $32.40 $64.03 $ $22.90 $17.19 $45.80 $34.38 $68.70 $ $24.35 $18.16 $48.70 $36.32 $73.05 $ $25.88 $19.17 $51.76 $38.34 $77.63 $ $27.48 $20.24 $54.96 $40.47 $82.44 $ $29.15 $21.27 $58.31 $42.53 $87.46 $ $30.83 $22.35 $61.66 $44.70 $92.50 $ $32.74 $23.94 $65.47 $47.87 $98.21 $ $34.67 $25.67 $69.33 $51.33 $ $ $36.61 $27.62 $73.21 $55.24 $ $ $38.62 $29.74 $77.23 $59.48 $ $ $40.68 $32.16 $81.36 $64.32 $ $ $43.16 $34.73 $86.31 $69.46 $ $ $45.78 $37.59 $91.55 $75.19 $ $ $48.54 $40.77 $97.09 $81.54 $ $ $51.42 $44.24 $ $88.48 $ $ $54.40 $48.03 $ $96.05 $ $ $58.19 $50.90 $ $ $ $
14 Your Age $20,000 $25,000 $30,000 Male Female Male Female Male Female $43.50 $30.66 $54.37 $38.33 $65.24 $ $45.04 $31.71 $56.30 $39.64 $67.57 $ $46.48 $32.74 $58.09 $40.93 $69.71 $ $47.76 $33.49 $59.70 $41.86 $71.64 $ $49.06 $34.16 $61.32 $42.70 $73.58 $ $50.12 $34.73 $62.66 $43.41 $75.19 $ $51.78 $36.66 $64.73 $45.82 $77.67 $ $53.44 $38.84 $66.80 $48.54 $80.17 $ $55.22 $41.05 $69.02 $51.31 $82.83 $ $57.19 $43.46 $71.48 $54.32 $85.78 $ $59.12 $46.04 $73.90 $57.55 $88.68 $ $62.84 $48.85 $78.55 $61.06 $94.27 $ $67.10 $51.75 $83.88 $64.68 $ $ $71.70 $55.03 $89.62 $68.78 $ $ $76.83 $58.31 $96.04 $72.89 $ $ $82.44 $61.88 $ $77.34 $ $ $87.66 $65.37 $ $81.71 $ $ $93.16 $69.00 $ $86.26 $ $ $98.93 $72.85 $ $91.06 $ $ $ $76.56 $ $95.70 $ $ $ $80.46 $ $ $ $ $ $86.17 $ $ $ $ $ $92.40 $ $ $ $ $ $99.42 $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
15 Risks You should be aware of the risks involved before buying any life insurance policy. Some of the risks associated with holding this life insurance policy include: your policy may not suit your needs; your level of cover may be insufficient; or the premiums you pay over the life of the policy may exceed the sum insured. It s important that the policy meets your needs both now and in the future. You may need to seek assistance from an adviser if the terms are not consistent with your needs or do not suit your personal circumstances. How can I apply? You can apply for Apia Funeral Plan in one of 3 ways: By phone: Contact us on between 8am and 6pm (AEST) and talk to one of our Customer Service Managers. By internet: Visit and complete an online application By paper application: Complete the application form and return it to us for processing.. How to make changes to your policy If you would like to make any changes to your policy, for example to adjust your sum insured, change your address or your payment type, please contact us. Please note that if you request an increase in the sum insured and we accept it, the same conditions will apply to the increased portion as explained under Funeral Benefit on page 5. We will confirm in writing any changes to your policy, including any impact the change may have to your premium. Making a claim If entitled to make a claim, the surviving policy owner, your nominated beneficiary or legal personal representative will need to contact us as soon as possible after the event giving rise to the claim. A claims pack will be sent detailing what information is required by us to assess the claim. 13
16 Commission The premiums you pay take into account any commissions or administration fees payable so it is not an additional charge to you. The amount of commission and administration fees may vary and could be up to 100% of your first year premium (excluding government charges). Complaints resolution If you have a complaint about this product or our services, we have established a complaints resolution process and are committed to working with you to resolve your concerns. You can call us on or write to Apia Life Customer Service, GPO Box 3950 Sydney NSW If you are not satisfied with our decision or the way we handled your complaint, you can contact the Financial Ombudsman Service Limited (FOS) (ABN ). FOS is an independent and impartial body who will deal with your complaint directly or follow up the matter on your behalf in accordance with its terms of reference. You can contact FOS by phone on or in writing to Financial Ombudsman Service, GPO Box 3, Melbourne Victoria 3001 or fax or by visiting 14
17 Your Privacy is Important Suncorp Life & Superannuation Limited is a member of the Suncorp Group, which we ll refer to simply as the Group. Why do we collect personal information? Personal information is information or an opinion about an identified individual or an individual who is reasonably identifiable. We collect personal information so that we can: identify you and conduct appropriate checks; understand your requirements and set up, administer and manage our products and services; determine eligibility for a family discount where applicable; manage and administer underwriting and claims, including any investigation and assessment of claims; manage, train and develop our employees and representatives; manage complaints and disputes, and report to dispute resolution bodies; and get a better understanding of you, your needs, your behaviours and how you interact with us, so we can engage in product and service research, development and business strategy including managing the delivery of our services and products via the ways we communicate with you. What happens if you don t give us your personal information? If we ask for your personal information and you don t give it to us, we may not be able to provide you with any, some, or all of the features of our products or services. How we handle your personal information We collect your personal information directly from you and, in some cases, from other people or organisations. We also provide your personal information to other related companies in the Group, and they may disclose or use your personal information for the purposes described in Why do we collect personal information? in relation to products and services they may provide to you. They may also use your personal information to help them provide products and services to other customers, but they ll never disclose your personal information to another customer without your consent. Under various laws, we may be authorised or required to collect your personal information. These laws include the: Australian Securities and Investment Commissions Act 2001; Corporations 15
19 any of our Group joint ventures where authorised or required. We ll use a variety of methods to collect your personal information from, and disclose your personal information to these persons and organisations, including written forms, telephone calls and via electronic delivery. We may collect and disclose your personal information to these persons and organisations during the information life cycle, regularly, or on an ad hoc basis, depending on the purpose of collection. Overseas Disclosure Sometimes, we provide your personal information to or get personal information about you from persons located overseas, for the same purposes as in Why do we collect personal information? The countries we usually disclose your personal information to have been outlined on our website suncorpgroup.com.au/privacy or you can give us a call and we will provide you a copy. From time to time, we may need to disclose your personal information to, and collect your personal information from, other countries not on this list. Nevertheless, we will always disclose and collect your personal information in accordance with privacy laws. Your personal information and our marketing practices Every now and then, we and any related companies that use the Apia brand might let you know including via mail, SMS, , telephone or online about news, special offers, products and services that you might be interested in. We will engage in marketing unless you tell us otherwise. You can contact us to update your marketing preferences at any time. In order to carry out our direct marketing we collect your personal information from and disclose it to others that provide us with specialised data matching, trending or analytical services, as well as general marketing services (you can see the full list of persons and organisations under How we handle your personal information ).We may also collect your personal information for marketing through competitions. We, and other people who provide us with services, may combine the personal information collected from you or others, with the information we, or companies in our Group, or our service providers already hold about you. We may also use online targeted marketing, data and audience matching and market segmentation to improve advertising relevance to you. 17